Steam Controller Design Reportedly Finalized, More Details Coming in March
Plus, Origin CEO Kevin Wasielewski says the Steam Machine name is "pretty much dead," as those systems are really just living room PCs.
The design of Valve's Steam Controller has now been finalized, and you can expect to see it in March during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. That's according to Origin PC CEO Kevin Wasielewski, who revealed the details to GameSpot today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
"At GDC, they're going to have more information," Wasielewski said. "And we'll be there. That's the official stuff we can say. They came out with the controller, then they got some user feedback, and they had to revamp it; they got some more user feedback and had to revamp it again. So they went through that like three or four times. And now their controller is finalized. So now they're going to production and at GDC is when they're going to announce more stuff."
Valve originally revealed the Steam Controller in September 2013, showing off a design that featured a touch-pad and haptic feedback. The pad has undergone numerous revisions since then, the latest of which leaked in December and is pictured above.
Prototype Steam Controllers were previously sent to beta testers, though Valve has yet to announce pricing or general availability details. We have reached out to Valve for comment, and will update this post with anything we hear back.
Also during our interview, Wasielewski said the term "Steam Machine" no longer means much of anything.
"I think that's kind of pretty much dead," he said of the term Steam Machine. "It's like a living room PC--is now the new term. Living room PCs have been around forever. That's not anything new either. But it seems like there's a legitimate demand and push for living room PCs."
Origin has a new, high-end living room PC of its own in the works called Omega. Check back later in the week for more on this new device.